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New Jersey ranked 6th state in combatting robocalls, according to study

Spam phone calls have increased to epidemic levels, but more Americans are taking action.   

A new study shows nearly 240 million Americans are now registered on the Do Not Call list and New Jersey ranks No. 6 for the most numbers registered per capita with 93,339 registrations per 100,000 people.  

A 2019 report from the Federal Communications Commission found that nearly half of all calls made to cell phones are spam. 

SafeHome.org this week released a study on this epidemic titled Don’t Call Us; We’ll Call You after analyzing the FTC’s National Do Not Call Registry data from 2015-2019. 

The study examines how many phone numbers are registered in each state, the number of complaints and the types of complaints by state.

Here are key findings in New Jersey:

  • No. 6 in registrations per 100,000 people, 84,678
  • No. 42 in change in registrations (FY2015-FY2019), +6.5%.
  • No. 5 in complaints, 2,188.
  • No. 43 in change in complaints (FY2015-FY2019), +37.8%.

Here are key national findings:

  • The 10 states with the highest registration rates are New Hampshire, District of Columbia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maine, New Jersey, Kansas, Vermont, Wyoming and Wisconsin.
  • The 10 states with the lowest registration rates are Alaska, Texas, Mississippi, Hawaii, South Carolina, Louisiana, Utah, Indiana, Arizona and Nevada.
  • All states have seen active Do Not Call registrations increase over the past five years, with the overall number of registrations rising 7.7% nationally.
  • Complaints fell between 2018 and 2019 but have risen by around 50% since 2014.
  • Robocalls have climbed from 59% of complaints in FY2015 to 70% of complaints in FY2019.
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Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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